The Common Good

I find these characteristic caricatures offensive in speaking of those whom Jesus called “the least of these.” So I thought it might be spiritually helpful to compare Fox’s language about the poor to the language of Christ, and the deep feelings that these completely contrary languages reveals.

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the gulf between the older, historic churches, located largely in the global North, and the younger, emerging churches in the global South, often fueled by Pentecostal fire, constitutes the most serious division in the worldwide Body of Christ today. ... And these walls need to come down, for the sake of God’s love for the world.

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As a non-American, it is surprising to hear my brothers and sisters throw out phrases like, “the church is in decline,” when what they are referring to is the church in America. The global church is thriving in many areas of the world, and what joy it would be to allow their voices to speak into the congregations of the global North.

Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial, by H. Powers on

Maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised that the victims of violence don’t want to see another person killed — even justifiably. After all, violence is the disease not the cure. It is not unusual after traumatic events for the survivors of horror to insist that death is the problem, not the solution.

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God forgives. Bandidos don’t.

We can easily dismiss that slogan as a biker gangs attempt to intimidate, but do not dismiss it. That pithy statement tells a profound truth about both God and humanity.

Screenshot from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer.

The women of 'Fury Road' are the ones who get most of the attention, and who are undeniably the heroes of the film. They are tough, and know how to take care of themselves, but also represent their world’s best hope for change.

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When clickbait lures and controversy sells, what does it mean to read with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper – or our newsfeeds – in the other?

In this new series we explore a question Gareth Higgins raises in the May issue of Sojourners: How do we unlearn our own attraction to scandal and sensationalism while still working for social change? READ Higgins’ essay "A Newsfeed of Fear" and join the conversation online using the hashtag #FeedFear.